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Snow, it's all you want to see on holiday. Photo: Lauri Heskari by Colin Adair

No matter where you're going to shred, whether it's for a week or a season, with a dedicated crew or your family, there's always one question that trumps the rest: will there be any snow?

Yup, never mind how many bars the resort has or how much a lift pass costs, the most important information you'll want to know is will there actually be any snow to shred?

Of course it's near impossible to predict more than a week in advance, but one of the best ways to try and figure it out is to look at the snowfall for the year before. Luckily for you, we've compiled a top ten of the snowiest resorts in the world for you to check out before heading off next winter. Thank us later.

Important! It's notoriously difficult to get reliable info on exactly how much snowfall each resort receives as some are prone to inflating their stats. Having said that, the resort with the most snow fallen won't always have the deepest powder due to ground temperatures, wind etc. Plus, everyone knows that if it's powder what you want, Japan and Alaska would win hands down every time.

The most universally reliable comparison is end of season snow depth which is what we've used here, compiled at the end of April as we felt that was a fair time to compare resorts. You've been told!

[part title="10 - Saas-Fee, Switzerland"]

End of season snow depth: 3.9m

Of course it'll be the highest resorts that feature prominently in this list, starting with one of Europe's finest glacial ski areas, Saas-Fee in Switzerland. In fact, even though the resort is currently closed before it opens again in the summer it's still dumping up there! Keepiing it closed could almost be called a crime we need our pow fix so bad right now...

[part title="9 - Timberline, USA"]

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End of season snow depth: 4.0m

No surprises here really - Timberline Lodge in Mt Hood, Oregon regularly tops the US charts for snow fall and the mountain is high enough to stay open pretty much all year round for the annual summer snow camps like HCSC and Windells (now We Are Camp, seriously). No problems keeping the park running this year then!

[part title="8 - Andermatt, Switzerland"]

Photo: Rolf Bissi

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.0M

Pretty close to it's big brother neighbour, Saas Fee, Switzerland makes another entry on to this year's snow charts with Andermatt. Although it's not known as one of the top tier ski resorts that works to it's advantage - it's normally tipped as one of the better 'budget' Swiss resorts.

[part title="7 - Madesimo, Italy"]

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.0M

Speaking honestly, Italy never really springs to mind as a premiere snowboard trip destination, though after the year they've had compared to the rest of Europe we might have to reconsider. Madesimo is just over the border from Switzerland and boasts the most modern cable railway in all of Euroland, that's if trainspotting is as important as snowboarding to you.

[part title="6 - Hintertux, Austria"]

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.0M

Of course Austria were gonna start sneaking in to this list at some point, and as Hintertux is still open and snowing it's no surprise that it's at number six. In fact as you should know by now, it's never closed, so if you're feeling the end of season blues and have a bit of spare cash go jump on that plane now.

[part title="5 - Mount Bachelor, USA"]

Jamie Nicholls taking his hat off to Mt Bachelor last winter

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.1M

Top five now, and again no surprises that the mighty Mt Bachelor in Oregon is the first entry here. Renowned for metres and metres of pow year after year this is a mountain that features high on most shredders bucket lists, this year being no exception.

[part title="4 - Mölltal Glacier, Austria"]

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.3M

You'd expect Hintertux, Stubai, Kaunertal, St Anton or Sölden to be home Austria's deepest snowpack, but this year the little known Mölltal Glacier takes the win. Going all the way up to over 3100, maybe this is one place we should all be heading to next year?

[part title="3 - Kamikawa Town, Japan"]

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END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.4M

There's Japan, you were getting worried there weren't you? Like we said at the start, this is a chart of the deepest snow packs, not total snowfalls. If it was however, this Hokkaido resort would probably have dominated, it's higher than average height for a Japanese ski town means that the pow stays fresher for longer and leaves the snow hanging around late through the spring.

[part title="2 - Passo Tonale, Italy"]

Pistes like the M1, Passo Tonale

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 4.5M

And so to number two, and it's Italy again! Passo Tonale is one of the highest Italian resorts so coupled with a great snowfall for the country this year it's actually not as surprising as you'd have thought that it comes out of this winter with such a great snow pack. However, it's the winner that's a huge surprise...

[part title="1 - Kanin, Slovenia"]

This was Slovenia this year. No, we're not even kidding. Photo: Matt Cox

END OF SEASON SNOW DEPTH: 5.7M

What?! with all the other mountains on this list coming in between 3.9m and 4.5m, Kanin's end of season depth of 5.7m is astounding, especially when you consider that it's definitely not one of the world's premiere destinations. Time to reconsider? We think so, Slovenia is also one of the cheapest places to ride in Europe - see you there next year!